“There is so much overlap between advocacy for gun violence prevention and what Quakers believe in,” says Peter Murchison, whose nephew was one of the victims in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting. “Being pacifist isn’t easy, but with it comes the responsibility to take actions that make our society less violent, and I just think we all need to get off the bench a little bit.”
“The first thing to do is just to show up,” Peter says. “Try meeting with other faith communities, and again just try to use your stories. Everyone has a story—it doesn’t have to be as tragic as the one that I came from, but stories move people, and to get communication among folks that generally don’t agree on things, I think we have to move each other.”
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